Politics & Issues

MO Statehouse
5:54 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Some Mo. senators want to reject federal school funds

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Some Republican lawmakers in Missouri are suggesting the state reject a $189 million federal payment for K-12 public schools.


Others want to accept it, but also want to spend it differently than Governor Jay Nixon (D) has proposed.

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MO Statehouse
5:16 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Mo. Senate panel OKs changes to dog breeding law

The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A Missouri Senate panel has given its approval to a bill changing the state law for dog breeders.

The Senate agriculture committee endorsed legislation Thursday that would modify a ballot measure, known as "Prop. B," approved by voters in November.

The bill would delete the limit of 50 dogs per breeder and give licensed breeders up to 180 days to correct serious violations before they face criminal charges.

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MO Statehouse
5:12 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Bills to raise cigarette tax filed in Mo. House

Flickr/curran.kelleher

Two bills have been filed in the Missouri House that would raise the state's tax on cigarettes, which is currently the lowest in the nation at 17 cents a pack.

The first bill would only raise the tax on cigarettes by 12 cents a pack, while the second would raise it by a dollar a pack.

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Tax Amnesty
1:01 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Mo. lawmakers considering 2 tax amnesty proposals

The Missouri House of Representatives chambers during Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State Address on Jan. 19, 2011. A tax amnesty proposal was presented today to a House committee by Republican Rep. Tom Flanigan. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Missouri lawmakers are considering two different options for enticing people to pay overdue taxes.

A tax amnesty proposal presented Thursday to a House committee by Republican Rep. Tom Flanigan, of Carthage, would waive all interest and penalties for delinquent taxpayers who pay up between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31.

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MO Statehouse
7:33 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Mo. Senate committee holds hearing on STL Police local control bill

The Mo. Senate Committee on Progress and Development conducts a hearing on the local control bill.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri Senate committee conducted a hearing today into legislation that would restore local control over the St. Louis Police Department.


The department has been under state control since the Civil War.

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MO Statehouse
3:42 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Mo. House endorses drug testing for welfare recipients

Missouri Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require drug testing for some welfare recipients.

The bill would require work-eligible recipients and applicants of the state's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program to pass drug tests in order to receive assistance.

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Texting While Driving
10:37 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Mo. Senate panel approves bill banning texting for all drivers

A bill approving the banning of texting for all drivers, not just those aged 21 and younger, has been approved by the Missouri Senate. (via Flickr/MrJasonWeaver)

A Missouri Senate committee has approved legislation that bars all drivers from texting while driving.

Currently, only drivers 21 years old and younger are prohibited from sending cell phone text messages while driving.

But what's the problem with that system according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol?

It's hard to tell how old a driver is if an officer sees them texting.

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MO Statehouse
6:45 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Hearings on bills to repeal Proposition B begin in Mo. House

Dog owners and animal rights activists crowd into a Mo. House hearing room during a hearing for bills that would repeal or scale back Prop. B.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A series of public hearings began today for legislation that would repeal, amend, and place exemptions on Proposition B.

Missouri voters narrowly approved the measure in November.

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Lake of the Ozarks Water Quality
4:31 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Koster gives recommendations for improving water quality at Lake of the Ozarks

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. (Adam Allington, St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is taking steps he hopes will improve water quality at the Lake of the Ozarks, one of Missouri’s most popular tourist destinations.

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Smoking at the Mo. statehouse
11:40 am
Tue January 25, 2011

ADA complaint filed against Mo. House smoking policy

The dome of the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. Mo. House of Representatives members voted against a ban on smoking in their Capitol offices - a move challenged by an ADA lawsuit. (via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

The recent move of Missouri House of Representatives members to vote in favor of continuing to allow smoking in their Capitol building offices has drawn some criticism - in the form of a formal complaint.

Rossie Judd of Fenton, Mo. has filed an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint against the policy, saying in her complaint that it denies her "meaningful access to the House of Representatives" as a result.

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